Bristol City 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • January 25, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's FA Cup journey came to an end at the fourth round stage, as Bristol City came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory at Ashton Gate.

Wanderers went ahead with just six minutes played as Mark Beevers volleyed home from a Luca Connell cross, but the hosts responded through goals from Callum O'Dowda and Niclas Eliasson as they completed a turnaround that secured their place in the last 16 of the competition for the first time since 2001.

It was a case of deja vu for the visitors, who suffered defeat in similar circumstances when the sides met in Championship action at the same ground just 13 days prior.

Phil Parkinson hinted at changes to his Bolton side, with one eye on Tuesday's relegation six-pointer against Reading at the University of Bolton Stadium.

In total, there were five fresh faces as Remi Matthews, Mark Little and Josh Magennis earned recalls, while both Connell and Joe Pritchard were handed their first senior starts having impressed from the substitutes' bench in recent weeks.

Marc Wilson had originally been named on the bench only to pick up an injury in the warm-up, with Erhun Oztumer drafted in at the last minute.

The first chance of the evening arrived with six minutes played and it provided the visitors with the opening goal, as Connell's first-time cross from the left-hand side was expertly volleyed home at the far post by Beevers, with all the confidence of a seasoned forward.

However, just as they did in the Championship meeting on the same ground a fortnight ago, Bolton squandered their lead within a matter of minutes.

After Connell lost possession in the middle of the field, Little failed to deal with a routine long ball and allowed O'Dowda to steal in and smash past Matthews from the edge of the box.

The Robins came close to taking the lead on the quarter-hour, with Kasey Palmer firing wide, while Magennis brought Frank Fielding into action at the other end as both sides continued their intent of attack.

Joe Morrell was next to be denied, latching on to a pass from Palmer before stinging the palms of Matthews, but the hosts were to go ahead on the half-hour courtesy of some poor Wanderers defending.

With Beevers and Jason Lowe tracking his progress, there appeared to be little on for Eliasson. But one drop of the shoulder and a stepover later, the City forward shifted the ball on to his left foot and picked out the top corner to make it 2-1.

Palmer and Famara Diedhiou both wasted chances to extend the hosts' lead in the moments that followed, while Morrell was also denied by a full-stretch Matthews.

Bolton thought they should have been awarded a penalty in the closing stages of the half as Jack Hobbs went down under a challenge from Nathan Baker, but referee Stuart Attwell ordered play to continue as the frustrated visitors went in behind at the break.

There were no changes in personnel as the players returned for the second period, which began in similar circumstances to the end of the first half as Wanderers saw penalty appeals turned down as Pawel Olkowski appeared to be bundled over inside the box.

Jay Dasilva and Palmer both saw early attempts come and go as Bristol City looked to make it 3-1, while Olkowski brought Fielding into action on the hour after he got on the end of a flick from Pritchard.

Hobbs, who has yet to score for Bolton since his summer arrival from Nottingham Forest, glanced a header wide from a Little cross midway through the half, moments before Palmer saw a free-kick come back off the post at the other end after Murphy had been booked for a foul on Diedhiou.

Diedhiou was on the end of a ball into the Wanderers box two minutes later, only to find Matthews stood in his way, shortly before Palmer burst away from three defenders before firing into the side netting.

Magennis should have equalised for the visitors with 13 minutes remaining, heading down and into the waiting arms of Fielding.

The Wanderers forward had one last opportunity to snatch a replay in the final minute of added time, this time getting on the end of a cross from Little, but he couldn't direct his header on target as Parkinson's side crashed out of the FA Cup.

Attention now returns to league action, with a huge clash against Reading awaiting them at the University of Bolton Stadium on Tuesday.

Bristol City: Fielding, Wright, Kalas, Baker (Pisano 77), Dasilva (Kelly 83), Pack, Eliasson, Morrell, Palmer (Brownhill 74), O'Dowda, Diedhiou
Subs Not Used: O'Leary, Weimann, Paterson, Eisa
Booked: Pack
Goals: O'Dowda 8, Eliasson 30

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Beevers, Hobbs, Little, Noone, Lowe, Murphy (O'Neil 76), Pritchard (Ameobi 64), Olkowski, Connell (Donaldson 83), Magennis
Subs Not Used: B Williams, Taylor, Buckley, Oztumer
Booked: Noone, Murphy, Ameobi
Goals: Beevers 6

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Attendance: 13,747

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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